On a recent excursion to California, friends invited us to go to The Legoland Park, located in beautiful Carlsbad, Calif.
My first inclination was sure why not go? It was after all, my friend’s son’s 7th birthday and the little guy is more than obsessed with Legos.
Tyler has put together more Lego sets than most stores have on their shelves.
Being gluten intolerant for a number of years now, I have been adhering to a strict gluten free diet. I of course, wondered what I would eat at the Legoland Park, so just to be safe I packed along a medley of gluten free snacks to take along.
We stopped to eat lunch at Castle Burgers located inside the park. I could not help but notice that there was a sign on the window that said “Gluten Free Buns Available Upon Request.”
I was overjoyed when I saw this!! Immediately, my gluten free radar went up! What else here is gluten free? Are things here prepared safely? I would find out.
It did take us a little more time to get our burgers and fries because the buns apparently are made off-site and were kept in a different location at the park. Also their fries are made in a separate dedicated fryer. The hamburger buns were a little denser than I anticipated but it really did hit the gluten free spot.lking through the park there were several stands where you could buy food and drink. I noticed that Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn and Crisp RootAt Pizza Mania there was another sign up that said, “Gluten Free Pizza Available Upon Request.”
After talking to one of the managers at Fun Town Market, he mentioned that they were in the process of including gluten free bread in their deli section for sandwiches and he was quick to mention that the Ristorante Brickolini also served gluten free pasta. Gluten free hotdog buns are also available where they sell hotdogs.
And under the tab “Dining,” you will find that there are dairy free, egg free and nut free options available as well.
The park itself is designed for kids of all ages, with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions……I was more than amused by all the intricate sculptures and creations that were made out of Legos throughout the park.
From the Sidney Opera House, Mt. Rushmore, the Taj Mahal, even Las Vegas Landmarks and New York landmarks to name just a few…...you will be amazed by what can be made out of these little plastic blocks.
Set in beautiful Carlsbad, California and only a stone’s throw away from the ocean, there is truly something for everyone at this fun and interactive park. There is also a sea-life aquarium and water park close by. Other locations in the U.S. include Florida.
I corresponded with Media Relations at the Legoland park after we had left. Here are some of the questions I asked of Julie Estrada, Legoland’s Media Relations Specialist below.
1) Can you tell me what the source/brand of the gluten free pizza is at Pizza Mania and can you tell me if the pizza crust in prepared on site?
If it is prepared offsite what brand is it?
French Meadow Bakery is the company we work with, we outsource all Gluten Free items to ensure there is no risk of cross contamination during production.2) Can you also tell me the brand of the pasta that is served at the Ristorante Brickolini? I would also like to know what name brand the bread is at the Fun Town Market and the brand name of the gluten free hamburger and hotdog buns. Debole’s is the name of the pasta (however we do switch brands on occasion). Regarding Gluten Free breads, hot dog and hamburger buns we work with a local company G.N.I. bakery (gluten not included) in Escondido 3) What is done at your park to address safety in preparation of gluten free foods and cross-contamination issues? Are employees also inserviced or instructed on gluten free cross-contamination? Dedicated storage containers, dedicated and / or sterilized work, prep and cooking surfaces, equipment, proper labeling and dating. All food service employees who are not trained regarding GF policies and procedures are instructed to notify a team lead when a GF order is placed, and there is ALWAYS at least one team leader in every food and beverage location that offers GF food. In a situation of multiple allergies or any other dietary concerns a food service employees are trained to contact a restaurant supervisor although advanced notice through me via email(Julie.Estrada@legoland.com) is always preferred to ensure our Park guests the safest and most stress-free dining experience possible.4) When were gluten free food options implemented at Legoland and why?A little more than five years ago if a guest wanted something gluten free they would order in advance through our Executive Chef, Paul Geasland. It got to the point where he was getting so many requests he decided to put it on the permanent menus. We started with pasta, then moved onto the buns, then we introduced grab-n-go items in The Market in The Beginning of the Park and the gluten-free pizza was introduced about six months ago. Ticket pricing is available on their website:http://www.legoland.com /
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